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Playfully Abrasive

by Music From The Film

unconventional instruments weaved together with different colored threads to create a soundscape of weirdness bordering on totally collapsing on itself.
Genre: Avant Garde: Experimental
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Reviews of Playfully Abrasive below....

From Grave Concerns Ezine:


ARTIST: Music from the Film
ALBUM: Playfully Abrasive
LABEL: Self-released
REVIEWER: Matthew J.
DATE: 5-3-08
Not actually a soundtrack but rather the name of a project, Music from the Film consists of Gary Young, a long-time participant in the cassette noise scene, and various friends, all banging away on such instruments as glockenspiel and ukulele, not to mention less conventional objects like children's toys. This CD is aptly titled; it's abrasive some of the time and playful all of the time, very much in keeping with the surrealistic approach to sound pioneered by such acts as Nurse With Wound, right down to the barnyard animal sounds that show up on "War Dance." While the excessive randomness and repetitious toy noises can make this a somewhat grueling listen, a surprising number of songs actually cohere around specific themes. In some cases, samples make this fairly easy, as on "Consume," which splices a pre-recorded sales call with bouncing spring percussion to make its point about consumerism, and "The Daily Commute," which adds traffic sounds to random drumming and low-fi guitar noise to replicate the nervewracking experience of being stuck on a crowded freeway, but other offerings are far more subtle. "Wistful," in particular, manages to conjure a sense of yearning with, of all things, the yowls of an irritated cat, layered with atonal strums and muffled whispers, and "Music in Paris" uses harmonicas and trumpet bleats alongside dripping water and metallic percussion to evoke street musicians of a European metropolis as heard from a distance and partially obscured by the day to day sounds of the city. That said, there are also moments of random lunacy and low comedy, like "Mom," an Oedipal joke set to banjos and grumbling. Fans of improvised noise with an impish bent will appreciate this one, and the relatively brief compositions make this a perfect album for sound collage aficionados with short attention spans.
Learn more about Music from the Film on MySpace at www.myspace.com/musicfromthefilm.

From Chain D.L.K.:


Title: Playfully Abrasive
Format: CD
Distributor: CD Baby

Self-styled as electro acoustic noise MFTF, the solo project of Gary Young (aka Pastor Irrelevant, member of New Killers On The Block, Drooling Zoomers, Bone Bunny, and Entfred), accompanied by Arthur Harrison on theremin and “cacophonator,” gives us 24 tracks of sonic mayhem, most tracks under three minutes. Lots of jumping around from instrument to instrument and the occasional processed vocal sample. This has a very cartoon feel to it, combined with an unrestricted, free spirit of expression. Think Pee Wee’s Playhouse and the Residents and you’ll be close.

From JERSEY BEAT: MUSIC FROM THE FILM - Playfully Abrasive (www.myspace.com/musicfromthefilm) The title of this album sure ain’t kidding. This music is very abrasive indeed. However, said music is also quirky, inspired, and highly original as well. We’re talking seriously hardcore avante-garde experimental atonal aural oddness that only the most devout aficionado of extremely weirded-out “screw it, do it” outre noise could possibly enjoy listening to. The wonky string-bending basslines, incessant drums, and such offbeat instruments as a glockenspiel, maracas, a theremin and chimes create a strikingly bizarre and mercurial sound that’s both arresting and unusual in equal measure. Granted, the music featured on this highly peculiar album might be an acquired taste (lovers of generic Top 40 radio shouldn’t even think of giving this disc a spin on their CD players), but for those adventurous souls looking for something fresh and different this one comes highly recommended.


Music From The Film
“Playfully Abrasive”

Having spent time since the 80’s in a variety of cassette-only noise bands, Gary Young has here assembled a little over an hour of his homemade sound experiments in which he plays glockenspiel, autoharp, Casios, chimes, toys, video games, bookends, banjos, turntables, ukeleles, horns, balloons, samples, and all manner of percussion. His long-time co-conspirator, Arthur Harrison, also adds some theremin and an “elaborate electronic circuit” called the “cacophonator,” which features “a group of 12 oscillators arguing amongst themselves.” The result is a fascinating parade of deranged ditties replicating the woozy effect of absinthe taken in a frontier saloon, poking at mutant babies through chicken wire with a wooden stick in the back of a rusty pick-up, or a soundtrack to watching rabies attack a dog’s brain in the microscope. Whether intense, brooding, or casually weird, Music From The Film creates a sort of scrambled consciousness that intimates danger but is tempered with innocence from the childish mind of a lunatic. - Ben




Artist: Music from the Film
Title: Playfully Abrasive
Label: Self Released
Genre: Noise / Avant-Garde

Gary Young has seemingly been around for a fair amount of time on the noise scene, releasing a variety of material on cassette-only under the name of Pastor Irrelevant as a member of such outfits as New Killers on the Block, Drooling Zoomers, Bone Bunny and Entfred. Music From The film represents a bit of a departure for Young, as this is him performing abuse on banjo, glockenspiel and chimes along with various different people who happened to be in the same room with him at different times, and also caught in the act of abusing various other instruments. One of those other people is occasional Young co-conspirator Arthur Harrison, maker of theremins & cacophonators, the latter instrument described on the MFTF MySpace profile as twelve oscillators arguing between themselves. It would also be true to say that ALL the instruments used on here spent the entire time arguing between themselves; in fact if the tape recorder had suddenly developed a case of artificial intelligence during these sessions it would probably have had an instant and possibly fatal aneurysm.

The ‘music’ on here is both playfully abrasive and playfully anarchic; anarchic in the sense that it’s like a group of children with ADHD being given a roomful of instruments to play with. An appropriate metaphor as there is also an air of childish innocence about this; people playing for the sheer joy of making noise and with no thought of a concept behind the music. Instruments of course is a fairly loose term when it comes to some of the items used – as well as traditional fare like guitar, maracas, bass, flute, ukulele and drums there’s also less conventional sound sources such as Halloween door hangers, Dust Off Spray, bookends, train whistles and sound wands from children’s interactive story books to name a few. There’s no pretence of compositional niceties here; the tape recorder in the centre of the room was switched on, people picked up whatever was to hand and just started playing something. Anarchic and as anti-intellectual as that is, however, there still remains a sense of accidental order and logic to it; in fact some of the tracks stray dangerously close to the border of the normal classification of music just by sheer accident.

I have the distinct feeling that Gary Young couldn’t care less whether I loved or hated the music – he, along with his friends, must just have had an absolute blast putting all this together. And guess what? That joy seems to have found its way onto tape along with the music and positively seeps through to the speakers and on to the listener. If you want some infectious cacophonic joy that’ll leave you grinning and dribbling inanely (inspiring your mates to give you a wide berth) then I suggest you seek this one out (the album’s available from CDBaby).

MUSIC FROM THE FILM – PLAYFULLY ABRASIVE CD (www.myspace.com/musicfromthefilm)

One guy with a bunch of stuff, stumbling his way through his newly-formed studio. Though Gary Young shares the same name as the drummer from Pavement, he is not the same person. This, his first CD, is most definitely a learning process, and it is certainly a very mortal release. There are no flashy guitar solos. In fact, there is very little guitar present at all in this work. Rather than purchase a keyboard with sampled banjo, glockenspiel, or chimes, Gary instead bought the real instruments, and learned how to play them himself. However, not to neglect such technology completely, there are samples on this CD, the bulk which emanate from the little sound wands found attached to some children's books.

This CD clocks in at one hour in length, and jumps around quite a bit among ambient and noisy styles. These are all "fleshed out" improvisations, with most of the tracks about 2 minutes long. Only one composition has vocals. The rest rely on brief phrases and samples to perform the vocal duties. Very little is actually said, with the music itself being the main focus. The work is generally percussive in nature, and most of the sounds were created acoustically, recorded with a single microphone in the middle of the room.

The work's assets reside in its complex construction, not in its technical proficiency or musicianship. Gary had never played the banjo prior to this effort, but on this recording, a few of the compositions use the banjo as a foundation.

Music From the Film is not really a "band," but more of a "project." You won't see them perform at your local club, because Gary has not learned how to play 20 instruments simultaneously. This is truly a homegrown, homespun, mistake-ridden recording, and that's where the beauty of it lies; in it's humanness, full of the flaws and imperfections inherent in us all.

Long-time collaborator Arthur Harrison is present on this recording, performing on two instruments, the theremin, and also, an elaborate analog electronic circuit called the "cacophonator," described as a group of 12 oscillators arguing among themselves. Arthur also wrote and performed vocals on one of the tracks.

HISTORY: in the late 1980s through mid 1990s, Gary went under the moniker "Pastor Irrelevant," and performed in the noise bands New Killers On The Block, Drooling Zoomers, Bone Bunny, and Entfred. Each of these bands had several cassette-only releases, and featured completely improvisational work. New Killers On The Block performed live for several years, weekly, in the studios of radio station WMUC FM in College Park, Maryland. Gary's new recording venture, embodied in Playfully Abrasive, is an extension of these earlier projects, only a bit more structured, with more elaborate and more functional equipment.
WCBN Ann Arbor, MI Music Department

Corrected: wcbn fm chart 20 April 2009
wcbn fm chart 20 april 2009 "Baggy not Saggy"

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